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The Quays Newry is a major retail and leisure centre situated in Newry, County Down and is one of Northern Ireland's top shopping destinations with its anchor tenants being Sainsbury's, Debenhams and Marks & Spencer. The centre also contains a 10 screen Omniplex cinema and has over 1,000 car parking spaces.

The Quays Newry
The Quays Newry logo
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The Quays exterior
LocationNewry, County Down,
Northern Ireland
Opening dateOctober 1998
No. of stores and services55
No. of anchor tenants3



The Sainsbury's store opened in October 1998, while the rest of the centre opened in 1999.[1] The Quays was constructed on the site of the old coal yards which served the Albert Basin. An old warehouse, which was part of these yards was incorporated into the centre and is now used as office and retail space.

Roches Stores opened their first store in Northern Ireland in the centre in 1999, but this store was closed in February 2003 to make way for a new Debenhams store which opened in October 2004.[2]

In February 2018, Marks & Spencer relocated from the Buttercrane Centre to The Quays where a new 30,000 sq ft store was built on the site of the old Sainsbury's filling station.[3]

Cross-border shoppingEdit

The centre has experienced shoppers from the Republic of Ireland, who cross the border to Newry to buy cheaper goods due to difference in currency. This remarkable increase in cross-border trade has become so widespread that it has lent its name to a general phenomenon known as the Newry effect.[4]



  1. ^ "North meets South over the shop counters at the Quays". The Irish Times. 24 March 1999.
  2. ^ "Debenhams' proposed Newry branch will create 230 jobs". 5 December 2002.
  3. ^ "M&S opens new Newry store". The Irish News. 2 February 2018.
  4. ^ "Cross-border shopping can keep the euro in your pocket". Irish Independent. 30 November 2008.

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